Fusion closes in Old Town Scottsdale

FusionThis one really hurts: Fusion Restaurant & Lounge, one of my all-time Valley favorites, has closed in Old Town Scottsdale.

Fusion, owned by chef Matt Long and manager-wife JenLyn, offered an ecletic menu of sophisticated yet affordable comfort foods such as chorizo mac ‘n’ cheese, hoison-marinated duck breast and Kobe burgers with caramelized jalapenos and a red chili cheese sauce (pictured).

For the past few years, the restaurant was practically inaccessible due to the construction of  the W Scottsdale Hotel across the street. The hotel finally was finished last fall, about a year behind schedule.

If there’s a silver lining for Fusion fans, it’s that the Longs now can devote their full attention to Daily Dose, the all-day bistro they opened in October on Scottsdale Road just south of Indian School Road.

Daily Dose recently unveiled a new dinner menu featuring such dishes as Southwestern chicken and waffles, oat-and-horseradish-crusted trout and, yes, even Fusion’s chorizo mac ‘n’ cheese.

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2 Responses to Fusion closes in Old Town Scottsdale

  1. Christine says:

    We are so sorry to hear that Fusion will be closing. What a wonderful dining experience it was! It’s closing will leave a gap in Old Town. Best wishes to Matt and JenLyn. We do enjoy Daily Dose!

  2. Jane X Jones says:

    The food was great but the money wasn’t. That’s too bad. It doesn’t take much belt tightening in our economy for the restaurants on the margins to feel the pinch. You have got to wonder how chains like Applebee’s and Chili’s can thrive while a quality place lie Fusion bites the dust. Alas, Alack. The trailer park tastes of the American consumer never cease to amaze me.

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